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Rahul Gandhi focuses his UP election campaign on youth

With just a day left to woo the voters of Uttar Pradesh for the ongoing assembly elections, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that his party gets as many votes as possible.

Gorakhpur, May 5 : With just a day left to woo the voters of Uttar Pradesh for the ongoing assembly elections, Congress MP Rahul Gandhi is leaving no stone unturned to ensure that his party gets as many votes as possible.

At different public meetings held in the various constituencies, he focussed on the potential of young people of the State, who were not given opportunities due to the selfishness of leaders who have been in positions of power for over a decade.

Lashing out at the non-Congress governments, which have ruled the state in the last 15 years, the Rahul said that those governments always worked for their own interests instead of the development of Uttar Pradesh.

"In the last fifteen years, the batch of politicians who ruled you was in fact working for their own interest. Look at the state; lawlessness is at its peak, corruption is on the rise and development is nowhere to be seen. Industries have closed down; employment opportunities are not there, " he said at a public meeting in Sahjanwa, Gorakhpur.

Rahul further added that he felt "very sorry" to say that while the rest of the country was moving ahead, Uttar Pradesh was going backwards. "It is because of the political parties, which ruled the state in the last 15 years," he added

Addressing a public meeting at Kaudiramhe, he reiterated that due to the "insensitivity" of the state government towards development and welfare of UP, the youth of the state were working in other states because there was no job opportunities in their own land.

"I have visited several states and have met them (people belonging to Uttar Pradesh). They say there are no job opportunities in the state, and corruption is on the rise. These youth are working for other states and are contributing a lot for the development of those states. Then the question arises that why can't they do the same for their own state," he added.

Rahul went on to say that the youth of the state needed to think with a new and modern outlook if they wanted to progress and change the situation. He said that the power that can bring about a change in Uttar Pradesh most easily was "the power of the youth".

Earlier in the day, Rahul said at a press conference that he does not consider himself a saviour of Uttar Pradesh, but rather sees himself as a young man who is ready to work shoulder to shoulder with the people for the development of the state.

"My impression of UP is that there is a great expectation among the youth of the state. When I say expectation, I don't mean the expectations from me. I meant expectation of the youth and the people of Uttar Pradesh. I don't see myself as a saviour of UP, I see myself as a young man who is ready to work shoulder to shoulder for the development of the state," he said.

The Amethi Member of Parliament said that this was the start of a "long drawn process" of reviving the Congress party and taking it ahead in the state.

"I am not concerned about how many seats we get and how many seats we don't get. I am concerned about the Congress party getting back to life in Uttar Pradesh." Rahul said.

Replying to a question on the lack of Congress cadres in the state, he said that Congress cadres were everywhere and one should not underestimate them. "Morale is the biggest thing, and we are now getting it back" he added.

Speaking on a possible hung House in the State, he said it was up to the Congress President, Sonia Gandhi, and the senior party leaders to decide who would form the government and what would be the role of the Congress after the elections.

"I have my own opinion. The decision (of forming alliances) will be taken by the senior leaders," he said, adding, "It should be done after detailed discussions".

He went on to say that his interest was to revive the Congress party in the state, which is a "long process". Rahul added that he was not bothered about the outcome of the ongoing polls and rather wanted to make his party a force.

"What other people think, their negative comments are not our concern. Ours is to build a good party, which is responsive to the people's need. Which delivers and works for the people. This is what I am interested in," he added.

Responding to a query about the so-called factionalism within the party, he said though groupings do exist, things have been exaggerated.

"What my duty and the duty of the other people in the party is to support the best candidate who works in favour of the people," Rahul said.

ANI

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